Positional relationships between photoperiod response QTL and photoreceptor and vernalization genes in barley.

TitlePositional relationships between photoperiod response QTL and photoreceptor and vernalization genes in barley.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSzucs, P, Karsai, I, von Zitzewitz, J, Mészáros, K, Cooper, LLD, Gu, YQ, Chen, THH, Hayes, PM, Skinner, JS
JournalTheor Appl Genet
Date Published2006 May
KeywordsAlleles, Chromosome Mapping, Chromosomes, Plant, Gene Expression Regulation, Plant, Genes, Plant, Genome, Plant, Hordeum, Photoperiod, Photosynthetic Reaction Center Complex Proteins, Quantitative Trait Loci

Winterhardiness has three primary components: photoperiod (day length) sensitivity, vernalization response, and low temperature tolerance. Photoperiod and vernalization regulate the vegetative to reproductive phase transition, and photoperiod regulates expression of key vernalization genes. Using two barley mapping populations, we mapped six individual photoperiod response QTL and determined their positional relationship to the phytochrome and cryptochrome photoreceptor gene families and the vernalization regulatory genes HvBM5A, ZCCT-H, and HvVRT-2. Of the six photoreceptors mapped in the current study (HvPhyA and HvPhyB to 4HS, HvPhyC to 5HL, HvCry1a and HvCry2 to 6HS, and HvCry1b to 2HL), only HvPhyC coincided with a photoperiod response QTL. We recently mapped the candidate genes for the 5HL VRN-H1 (HvBM5A) and 4HL VRN-H2 (ZCCT-H) loci, and in this study, we mapped HvVRT-2, the barley TaVRT-2 ortholog (a wheat flowering repressor regulated by vernalization and photoperiod) to 7HS. Each of these three vernalization genes is located in chromosome regions determining small photoperiod response QTL effects. HvBM5A and HvPhyC are closely linked on 5HL and therefore are currently both positional candidates for the same photoperiod effect. The coincidence of photoperiod-responsive vernalization genes with photoperiod QTL suggests vernalization genes should also be considered candidates for photoperiod effects.

Alternate JournalTheor. Appl. Genet.
PubMed ID16489429